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I am an 
economist by training with a focus on development issues. My research work has been largely micro-econometric in nature and I have publications in several areas of development economics and  a large amount of on-the-ground experience both in a rural African setting and within Government. My employment has focused on macroeconomic management and forecasting, and is currently focused on poverty reduction.

I am currently employed on the Young Professionals Program of the World Bank and am working in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Unit. I have previously worked as an ODI fellow working for the Macroeconomic Policy and Management Unit of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in Lesotho.

I was awarded my PhD from the Department of Economics and International Development at the University of Bath where I spent 3 years completing my thesis and teaching economics at undergraduate level. My research at Bath was microeconometric in nature and focused on the impact of remittances in rural Malawi. A long and a short summary of my thesis are available. In addition, I have worked on business investment in Africa, intra-household bargaining, and subjective wellbeing in Africa. 

I have also undertaken several short consultancies including project evaluation work in rural Africa and Gender and Business in Lao. More details on my research and publications are available on the Research pages.

Any opinions expressed on this website or on my 
blog are entirely my own and do not (necessarily) represent those of the World Bank.